Gauri Lankesh murder: How foreign press reported it

Foreign media organisations such as the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and Washington Post reported on the Gauri Lankesh murder.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2017 1:34 pm
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The killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh has sparked nationwide outrage with its resonance felt across the country. Lankesh, 55, editor of Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike and a staunch critic of right-wing extremism, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru West on Tuesday. The state government has announced an SIT probe into the killing and promised speedy investigation and justice for close friends and family of the victim.

Opposition leaders have been quick to condemn the incident, demanding strong and swift retribution against the attackers. Union ministers like Smriti Irani and Rajyavardhan Rathore have also condemned the killing. As the media fraternity across the country gathered to mark their protest against such attacksAs many in the country gather to protest against the cold-blooded murder, here’s a look into how foreign media organisations covered the incident:

Read | Gauri Lankesh murder: The enemy within

BBC

In an obituary piece on Lankesh, the BBC has quoted her friends and colleagues who found Lankesh at once a belligerent and loving personality. They said she fought and made up easily. They talked about her political preferences, how she made no bones about her dislike for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling BJP. Her Facebook posts often contained unflattering memes of the Prime Minister, her friends told BBC.

In a recent post, she lauded India’s stand-up comics for “successfully doing more than most to destroy the Modi myth”. Typically, she lent her support to them, saying “We are all with you together and we shall reclaim our secular India.” In recent months, Lankesh wrote on rising attacks on the freedom of press, local politics and how her city and India’s info-tech capital had become unsafe for women.

New York Times

“Ms. Lankesh’s death, which monopolized television news coverage on Wednesday, set off protests across India, a country increasingly polarized by supporters of the Hindu nationalist governing party and its detractors,” read the NYT report headlined ‘In India, Another Government Critic Is Silenced by Bullets.’

The New York-headquartered newspaper quoted journalist Rana Ayyub saying Lankesh was ‘fighting a very unpopular battle with the right wing of India.’

“Ms. Ayyub said Ms. Lankesh had received death threats every day, far too many to count, from different sides of the political equation. Those, too, she did not take seriously, Ms. Ayyub said,” the report read.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post reported the turn of events since the killing of Lankesh in Bengaluru. The newspaper spoke of the protests converging, mostly among press associations, in different corners of the country and how they raised questions about India’s slipping of position in the World Press Freedom Index.

“They want us to be intimidated…I hope that a thousand Gauri Lankeshes will be born and will rise among us,” Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, former editor of the academic journal Economic and Political weekly was quoted by the newspaper.

Close friends of Lankesh expressed disbelief at the news of her death. “I wish it was a dream,” said Bharathi Gowda, who knew Lankesh for three decades. “Her family is in shock.”

Al Jazeera

“Gauri Lankesh: A ‘fearless’ Indian journalist silenced,” read the headline of a story of Al Jazeera, a Doha-headquartered television station.

The report quoted statements from the Editors Guild of India and Asia Program coordinator Steven Butler.

“India needs to address the problem of impunity in journalist murders and ensure the press can work freely,” Steven Butler, CPJ Asia Program Coordinator, told Al Jazeera.

The news of Lankesh’s killing was met with shock and outrage, with journalists, civil society members and students across the country sharply condemning the murder, the killing also sent a shockwave through the journalism industry in the world’s largest democracy, where media has been accused of “self-censorship”, reported Doha-headquartered television station Al Jazeera.

The article also went on the describe Lankesh’s early background and her journalistic career that started with the Times of India.

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    A. S. Mathew
    Sep 7, 2017 at 3:17 am
    Anybody who is critical of the Modi deity rule and Amith Shaw autocracy must be very cautious for their lives. They must have good protection because now we are watching real anarchy in India. Attacks against the defenseless Christians by the street goons in 2016 was 441, but in 2017 June end, it was 410. How they can gave protection with AK-47 ?. The whole wold is watching this national disorder. The U.S. State Department in their first year report, written in the strongly worded letter about the minority cution-anti conversion laws-beef ban and anti-conversion laws in six States, ( now in seven States) which are total violation of the fundamental rights, also violating the signature of India at the UN Charter. It is very visible that India is marching towards to an anarchy of darkness.
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      Misbah
      Sep 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm
      Brahminical Terrorism.......
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        Ram
        Sep 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm
        This incidence reminds of congress/communist/AAP engineered attacks on Churches in Delhi, WB,Karnataka, Goa.Mahastra before elections, lots of noise blaming 'Hindutwa' forces amplified by left/christian controlled western media which all proved to be bogus propaganda once facts cam eout. So congres decides, no facts ever will come out, so they can blame Hindutwa forces for Kalburgi or Lankesh here and if some Hindu dalit is butchered by islamo-communist thugs in Kerala, WB or Karnataka just say it is some political revenge attack! Just because implanted leftist anti-national thugs do most noise and bogus propaganda using all sorts of thing sincludinmg western press wont make it fact! Fcats never copme out as long as congres i sin charge of investigations, like Delhi Sikh genoside under congress supervision or Kashmiri Hindu genoside under congress-NC supervision! Today evil agents of mulla-missionary-marx-maculay brigade are having field day enjoying statehonors to a convicted maoist
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          blackpower
          Sep 7, 2017 at 12:27 am
          how convenient of a saffronite like you to omit the gujrat genocide of 2002 that was architected by modi along with this saffron cohorts from BJP RSS ABVP BD
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            shankar
            Sep 7, 2017 at 1:02 am
            Dont bother buddy , it is time we ignore paid trolls of the BJP .. it is very evident that the trolls are paid to plant stories
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              blackpower
              Sep 7, 2017 at 2:17 am
              shankar - i refer to these trolls as graduates from that famous school of comedy based in nagpore - rashtriya school of standpcomedy
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            kiran
            Sep 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm
            brahmnists baasttards must be wiped out from india immediately else these lececherous vampires will suck everybody
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              Ram
              Sep 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm
              this is typical slogan of anti-national muilla-marx-missionary evil axis agents! They think divide/rule using brahmin names still work, forgetting that they are facing an OBC Modi and dalit Kovind representing nationalists, not some mulla appeasing brahmin losers like momota,pappu, yechury or brinda!
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                blackpower
                Sep 6, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                so when is the brahmin going down the manhole to clean human sewage?
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                  Ak
                  Sep 7, 2017 at 1:36 am
                  True bhakh
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                fuk-u-pedoprophet
                Sep 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm
                These foreign media should have also mentioned that the ideology which killed this woman, is also shared by the man who leads the country.
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                  Goutam Gangopadhyay
                  Sep 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm
                  Dr.Dabholkar,Mr.Govind Pansare and Dr.M.M.Kalburgi and now a well-known senior scribe Ms.Gauri Lankesh-the list is lengthening steadily and many more names to be included in this list, whoever will speak his/her mind fearlessly and against the ideology which deliberately advocates the medieval darkness of hatred and spews the venom of animus among the diverse populace of this country is on the hit-list.The Govt. agencies will just fulfill their formalities by cons uting investigative committees and subsequent reports and then closure of the files,as it has happened in earlier cases,and the assailants of the crime will go scot-free because the present ruling dispensation at Delhi is bent upon to silence the every voice of dissent in this country numerable examples are there in the last 39 months .Conspicuous and unheard of incidents are the order of the day now.
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                    blackpower
                    Sep 6, 2017 at 6:54 pm
                    ALL - here's an interesting piece of info - a saffronite trying to make the propanganda that RSS was formed after independence! here's the saffrointe NIMISH MEHTA's reponse to my query - can you name a single freedom fighter from the RSS? Sep 6, 2017 at 6:20 pm "Do you know history? RSS was born after India gained freedom!" they are so shameless in trying to distort history that they will even distort their pre-independence past as non-existent so as to hide their shady past of supporting the british, acting against the quit india movement, exhorting india not to join subhash chandra bose's INA, betraying freedom fighters
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                      NLS
                      Sep 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm
                      The insinuations have begun in foreign and Indian media. In next few days the commentary will change to direct accusation of BJP govt at the center as the party to be blamed for it. No one will wait to pass their judgement until the facts are established as to who carried out the murder. One can see the stark contrast in the way this incident is covered by liberals already - NO ONE has asked for Karnataka CM to resign, where as there were plethora of such calls when incidents happened in BJP ruled states. Do we need more evidence of the moral depredation among liberals and 'sickular' media?
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                        Sitaram
                        Sep 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm
                        Exactly, this kind of media polarizes people completely
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                          Ahs
                          Sep 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                          The so called seculars whether they are true or fake are much better than the current killers, who does nothing other than mass killing all over India.
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                          blackpower
                          Sep 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm
                          “... my criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system, which is part and parcel of what is considered ‘Hindu dharma’, makes my critics b me a ‘Hindu hater’. But I consider it my cons utional duty to continue — in my own little way — the struggle of Basavanna and Dr. Ambedkar towards establishing an egalitarian society.” ... The editor who never minced words - BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 06, 201 : thehindu /todays-paper/tp-national/the-editor-who-never-minced-words/article19627266.ece ... In recent years, 55-year-old Gauri Lankesh was among the strongest critics of Hindutva politics in Karnataka and was an active member of organisations such as Komu Sauharda Ve that fight right-wing groups.
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                            blackpower
                            Sep 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm
                            She led the Bababudangiri movement from the front when the Sangh Parivar tried to storm the hill. Gauri Lankesh was associated with several Dalit and farmers’ groups as well and, with freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy and others, was part of the group that tried to bring Naxals into the mainstream. In an interview with an online portal, she once said: “... my criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system, which is part and parcel of what is considered ‘Hindu dharma’, makes my critics b me a ‘Hindu hater’. But I consider it my cons utional duty to continue — in my own little way — the struggle of Basavanna and Dr. Ambedkar towards establishing an egalitarian society.” She often referred to young Dalit rights activists Jignesh Mewani and JNU students’ union activist Kanhaiya Kumar as her adopted sons. Her love and enthusiasm to support young activists got her to organise several fundraising events for them. ...
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                              DILIP
                              Sep 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm
                              You are a fkuing virulent rabid communal demented dog who is not even an evolved kutta from the medieval ages, you without any beyond doubt legal evidence,like a typical sickular mare ch00d you start to pontificate and whip up frenzied hysteria against Hindus and their heritage. By the way ch00tiya sickular slave you take all the foreign press and shove it up your bu tt. I live in the West and here no body even p11 ss on the Guardian or for that on New York Times, so fu kc ooff with your tosh
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                                blackpower
                                Sep 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm
                                dilip - thanks for your most gracious well mannered comments. shows that you are a man of very high standing, well groomed, and with a tons of practice of doing things with various s (as you have graphically described) - doubtless learnt from that famous school in nagpore - RSS - rashtriya school of standupcomedy - that all men (rather gay) outfit in hotpants, fascist cap, see thru banian, and the stick (for the s one presumes?). you must have been indoctrinated into theory and practice of bestiality, pederasty, and all kinds of unimaginable deeds with your s and those of the others...
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                                  blackpower
                                  Sep 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm
                                  dilip - who cares where you live? who cares about your opinions or those or others like you? am sure you g mother/mother/et al taught you those wonderful words that you have outlined below and also the most important thing - practice
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                                    Joe
                                    Sep 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm
                                    blackpower> Want to hear something funny, Dilip fancies himself an intellectual....HAHAH It's true, in his own head his barking seems very articulate to him.
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                                      blackpower
                                      Sep 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm
                                      Joe - that is indeed very funnee - whoever heard of a saffron intellectual? now that is a definitive oxymoron!
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                                        DILIP
                                        Sep 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm
                                        Abe madre ch000d stop blabbering your kutta sh 11 t you fku ing bus terd, and hen go and get your self f kc ued by the pe d o bendy Joe, the local hoof ter and a azz renter. I did not ask you to give a about myself what I was trying to convoy that you black moot maro bus terd always ape the white west and love to eat their sh 11t, that is why each time you hear the white mans toilet papers like guardian and New York Times your p r 11 cc k goes inside your mouth. You re tar eed son of beaches are still colonial slave, now without PROOF or Evidence do not start to throw allegations at Hindus. Do you get it ch000t iya.
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                                          blackpower
                                          Sep 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm
                                          dilip - thanks for confirming that you have learnt such florid language and choice words from your g mother/mother! you are a perfect embodiment of all that is wrong with hinduism. people like are not merely the shame of the nation but the shame of humanity - you will be a perfect fit in VHP/BD/RSS with a sword in hand ripping out the foetuses off pregnant women as was done in gujrat 2002
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                                            DILIP
                                            Sep 7, 2017 at 12:20 am
                                            Shut it you son of a rundy go and suck the black c00 ck of pe do padre Joe or feast on white man's t u r d, as you baap is incapable of feeding you. Do not unjustly make allegations on Hindus without any proofs, you black bus ter. We will fight tooth and nail and dare not cite to me those sh 11 ts from Guardian or NYT, I do not give a toss. Now f ku ck off.
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                                              DILIP
                                              Sep 7, 2017 at 12:23 am
                                              Abe madre ch00d if you are frustrated them go and lik a black c00 ck, you perverted depraved black bus ter d.
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                                                blackpower
                                                Sep 7, 2017 at 12:29 am
                                                dilip - the kind of language that you use...did you grow up in a red light area? also - that seems to be the extent of your vocabulary
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                                                  blackpower
                                                  Sep 7, 2017 at 12:46 am
                                                  dilip - you be the archetypal hindootva specimen - spewing venom and vitriol and filth and bestiality and zoophilia. it confirms that your alma mater is based in nagpore - RSS - rashtriya school of standupcomedy. you must have also developed your morbid and "censored" love for animals there, too, including gau matha?
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                                                    Tuhin
                                                    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:58 am
                                                    Come on Blackpower, don't be critical of DILIP. His comments are beautiful, just like his Mother. BTW, he is not settled in the West. Actually he is partly correct as he is from WEST Bengal. He is delusional as once he claimed he was a teacher of EM Theory in an Engineering college, another time he claimed to be a IT wiz kid from Bengaluru. He also often writes as a Muslim or as a Chritsian bhakt.
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                                                      blackpower
                                                      Sep 7, 2017 at 2:16 am
                                                      tuhin - in other words - dilip is as fake as modi's fake degrees
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